Fishing school nets milestone with 50th course enrolment

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Whitby Fishing School has reached a milestone, having achieved its 50th apprenticeship course enrolment.

The next generation of young fishermen have started their Level 2 Apprenticeship in Maritime Studies (Seafishing Pathway), under the strict guidance of Whitby Fishing School’s staff.

During the first week of training, the apprentices will be introduced to the risks and responsibilities of working on board a commercial fishing boat. The trainees are made fully aware of the dangers of life at sea.

They are introduced to the essential Seafish Industry Authority approved mandatory safety courses which include: Basic First Aid, Basic Fire Fighting & Prevention, Health & Safety for New Entrants and Basic Sea Survival.

In week two, the trainees commence their induction training, which includes code of conduct for apprentices, equal opportunities, progression routes, fishermen’s finances and liaison visits with North Yorkshire Police, York NHS Trust, and Whitby RNLI, all of whom are great supporters of the training centre.

Whitby Fishing School’s Chief Executive, Anne Hornigold, said: “Theory and practical sessions are spread throughout the 12 month apprenticeship to keep students fully engaged and interested in this demanding course.

“Many hours are devoted to rope work, splicing, knot work, lobster pot construction and repair and practical net making and mending skills. The youngsters are left in no doubt about the length of time they would spend at sea on these routine but vital fishing tasks.”

Business Development Manager Andrew Hodgson said: “The Seafishing apprenticeship scheme is very comprehensive and serves as an excellent introduction to young people aged between 16 and 24 years who strive for a career in the fishing industry.

“New entrants are recruited from a wide geographical area to study at our dedicated training centre. Whitby is a well-known UK fishing harbour, it has some very experienced fisherman who are more than willing to pass their valuable skills and knowledge onto the young apprentices.

“Food and accommodation is also provided for the duration of the course, thus enabling nationwide access for candidates aspiring to pursue a career at sea.”

Whitby Fishing School continues to be a centre of excellence within the fishing industry continuing to provide the essential skills, safety training and continuity required for any youngster wishing to pursue a career at sea.